Johnson: When disaster strikes, be prepared
Since the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, September has been a time when governments place a concentrated focus on national preparedness by hosting observance events, initiating educational outreach campaigns and conducting citizen training and other activities meant to increase the preparedness capabilities of our nation’s citizens and businesses.
While no individual or business can prepare for every conceivable disaster, preparedness starts with a “risk assessment” to determine which disaster has the greatest likelihood of occurring in their community. Probable risks for those living in northern Illinois include flooding, severe thunderstorms, tornadoes, ice storms and blizzards. A functional risk assessment is the foundation for all preparedness planning for your family or business.
Preparedness planning is critical to making sure you adequately manage the risks identified in the assessment. One premiere online resource for residents and businesses is www.ready.gov, which includes a host of preparedness resources to help you safeguard your family or business. In addition, a fully developed plan should consider non-home locations such as a theater, library, church, workplace, school or shopping mall to determine what to do if an emergency occurred at that location.
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